Vavuniya residents protest lack of housing

Residents from Iluppaikulam in Vavuniya protested yesterday against the lack of adequate housing, calling on the government to establish a housing scheme.

Two Sinhalese men arrested in Jaffna

Two Sinhalese men were arrested yesterday in Jaffna.

US Secretary of State cancels trip to Sri Lanka

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has cancelled his planned trip to Sri Lanka, the US embassy said in a statement today.

Tamil man hospitalised by STF vehicle

An elderly Tamil man has been hospitalised after being hit by a Special Task Force (STF) vehicle in Vavuniya.

Sri Lanka attempts to save Gotabaya from US lawsuits

A mission is under way to save Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary, from two separate civil lawsuits filed against him, local papers report.

Shavendra Silva's term extended amid calls for war crimes trial

Major General Shavendra Silva's term as the army's Chief of Staff has been extended by six months from June 22 to December 31 despite international pressure for him to resign.

Public better be on alert warns Fonseka

Sri Lanka's former army commander, and current UNP MP, Sarath Fonseka warned the public to be on alert, following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

Ammunition found in Jaffna

Ammunition was reportedly found in Jaffna on Friday in Siruththevu near the town centre.

Modi invites TNA MPs for talks in India

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has invited senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs to New Delhi to discuss Tamil issues, Daily Mirror reports. TNA leader R Sampanthan and MPs M A Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Mavai Senathirajah are reportedly preparing for the trip. Among the topics for discussion will be constitutional reform and a political solution, as well as further talks on Indian support for developing Palaly into an international airport.

UK FCO's 2018 report highlights stalled transitional justice process

The human rights situation in Sri Lanka was “mixed” in 2018, a UK government report stated, citing key concerns including increased inter-communal tensions, the slow delivery of key reconciliation commitments, delays in introducing new human rights compliant counter terrorism legislation and a stalled transitional justice process. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual report, ‘Human Rights and Democracy in 2018’ said that “throughout the year, human rights defenders in the North and East raised increased concerns of surveillance and harassment.” During the 51-day constitutional...